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W3XLIAM  VON   HTTMBOLDT.                     293
it. The latter commenced it by a letter to Schillery
exclusively devoted to this subject, in "which he pro-
nounced himself unconditionally in favour of the prin-
cipal character in the book. Humboldt opposed King
on this point, -without, therefore, thinking less favour-
ably of the work itself. Korner's letter had been
shown to him and he sent his opinion direct to Goethe,
who forwarded it to Schiller, with the remark: C£ It
is consolatory to have such sympathizing friends and
neighbours. From my own immediate circle nothing-
like this has come/' We see by this correspondence
what a great influence our Humboldt has exercised
on the works of the two greatest of modern poets, and
that without having produced such works himself he
has been very instrumental in their production.
Of Humboldt's works written during this period,
we may name his review of Jacobins <c Waldemar/*
which appeared in the ef Allgemeine Liberator Zei-
turig" (1794, ISTos. 815 and 817), and is now included
in his collected works. This very profound essay
treats of the most interesting problems of psychology
and ethics, %and has great value independent of the
too-favourably criticised work. The philosophical
portion of the review is much more important than
the esthetic part; but this is natural, as the value of
the work lies far more in its matter than in its form,
and it was the friendly purpose of the critic to dwell
principally on the former. Rabel Levin writes of the
review, in a letter to a friend, that it had been decried
as too difficult, but that she had found it very intel-
ligible, and admired it exceedingly. "It is much more
talented than tfWaldemar? itself, as it contains every-
thing the book should have contained, while Jacobi does
not give what he should give; he describes only the form
of a system, not characters who embodied itónot &
living natural specimen.'" The work, she says,, seems 'to
her as the sketch for a criticism, and she is disgusted by
the naturalness and stiffness of Jacobins eharacters.
Humboldt, she continued, should have reviewed He-
loise, Werther, *or Tasso, and then oae would have